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Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers?

Mark Jones | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistakes.

Seven Priorities for Liz Truss, the New Environment Secretary

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

So long, Owen Paterson: we won't miss you. You were truly the worst environment secretary for decades. With that act to follow, Ms Truss might be tempted to relax; hardly much to live up to. That would be a mistake. There's already a lot in her in-tray and a lot of mess to clean up from her predecessor...

Student Catches Bluefin Tuna Fish Worth One MILLION Pounds, Government Confiscates It

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of friends who caught a rare fish worth £1m must've thought they had hit the jackpot - until the government's environmental department confis...

Badger Blame Game Leading to Increased Persecution

Dominic Dyer | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Dominic Dyer

Badgers are our largest surviving carnivore and have lived in our landscape for over half million years. Some badger setts in our countryside are over 500 years old and date back to the Elizabethan era. However our relationship with this iconic species has often been savage and cruel.

Badger Culling - Incompetence on a Grand Scale

Mark Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

In the end, the insistence by DEFRA ministers that culling should continue in some form or another only goes to highlight how little it cares for evidence, and how political this issue has become.

Refuse-Derived Fuel and the UK's Waste Management Woes

Peter Rolton | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

In 1996, landfill tax was introduced at a rate of £8 per tonne to encourage councils and businesses to develop more robust recycling programmes. The ...

Why Man and Not Mother Nature Is Responsible for the Winter Floods

Simon Thomas | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

It's clear to me, and no doubt the thousands of people whose lives have been destroyed by the winter floods that it's not just nature that is to blame for the now annual flood destruction, farmers and Government must also share in the responsibility. After all, we had been warned. And repeatedly.

We Need to Work Together as a Nation to Help Our Struggling Families

Chris Mould | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

This year's Budget has to create some movement in a positive direction for the many millions of people for whom the past six years have been cumulatively, increasingly difficult. Many people attending foodbanks have jobs. Too often those jobs are insecure, with uncertain hours. Poor people need better base pay, more employment security, more full time rather than part time work.

Ludicrous Farmers

Water 21 | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK
Water 21

There was an odd reaction from the National Farmers' Union (NFU) at their Birmingham Conference this week to proposals for controlled floodwater attenuation in upland farms (and elsewhere); condemning such plans as "ludicrous".

Floods Expose Absurdity of Austerity

Mark Serwotka | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Serwotka

The floods have exposed the gossamer thin argument for austerity and the cold, cruel ideology that underlies it. The inescapable truth is that we all rely on properly funded and resourced public services - maybe not directly every minute of every day but, nonetheless, all the time, because the alternative means abandoning people when they most need our help.

Animal Welfare: Why We Must All Work Together

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

It's time ladies and gentlemen to all join ranks and fight puppy farming so that every single one of us is proudly part of positive change for animal welfare, and the world will be reminded once again of the nation of animal lovers we proudly once were before we preferred to exploit them by painful greed and unnecessary suffering.

How DEFRA Wastes The Equivalent Of A Truck Load Of Food Each Month

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics

Since coming to office coalition ministers have been keen to tell Britons to stop wasting food - but government departments should probably be prepare...

Don't Extend Shameful Badger Cull

Mark Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

For many wildlife experts, scientists, veterinarians and local residents, the pilot badger culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire over the last six weeks proved that shooting large numbers of free-roaming badgers was unsafe, inhumane and inefficient.

Chaos and Cruelty in Our Countryside as Badger Cull Begins

Mark Jones | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

The government has declared war on England's badgers. The shameful, politically motivated slaughter has begun. Far from the controlled, humane and science-led cull the government promised, what we have is fast-developing chaos, division and suffering in our countryside

Important Week for Animal Welfare

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

For most of us this week is pretty normal. School holidays are coming to their natural autumnal end and everything's pretty routine with nothing particularly exciting going on. But for our beloved pets, unknown to them, it's potentially a time of great change and hopefully progress.

Civil Servants Charging Taxpayer For English Tests And French Lessons

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK

Civil servants at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have billed the taxpayer for staff French lessons, English language t...

Defra: Please Don't Keep Us in the Dark About the Food We Buy

Philip Lymbery | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Philip Lymbery

You'd think the government would be looking for every opportunity to reassure consumers, by helping us to get as much information as possible about what we're buying. You'd think wrong, I'm afraid.

Where Are The Prosecutions Over The Horsemeat Scandal?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK

The investigation into the horsemeat scandal is taking too long and has so far failed to bring any prosecutions, a group of MPs have warned. The Co...

TB Meat or Not TB, That Is the Question - The Answer? Who Knows...

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Fresh from the horse meat scandal, DEFRA has found itself in a new controversy, having again failed the British consumer in food traceability and labelling. The public now knows that over 20,000 cattle infected with bovine TB enter the food chain in the UK each year, and the government doesn't know where they go, where they are sold, and who is eating them.

Bovine TB 'May Be In Some Milk'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Milk as well as meat from cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) may have entered the UK food chain. Last week a farmer was fined nearly £...

Government Sells Diseased Meat For Food

Posted 30.06.2013 | UK

Diseased cattle that was slaughtered after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis is being sold for human consumption by the government. The raw ...

Sustainability and Ethics Should Go Hand-In-Hand With Fashion Design

Sian-Kate Mooney | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sian-Kate Mooney

Today we see many sustainable brands borne out of this love for vintage , Christopher Raeburn and Junky Styling London, to name but two. However, as the market demands clothing with a conscience more sustainable fabrics and ethical means of manufacture become available.

David Cameron Vs National Treasures: David Attenborough and Badgers Win Hands Down

Luke Massey | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Cameron may have realised the depths of his troubles when he found out he wasn't just taking on one national treasure but two. As if badgers weren't beloved enough, Sir David Attenborough has joined a musical supergroup consisting of Brian May, Slash, Shara Nelson and others as they enter the charts this week on an anti-cull ticket.

Why Vaccinating Badgers Is a Viable Alternative to the Cull (Despite What Defra Says)

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

The only scientists who are pro-cull are those on the payroll of government or the farming industry. Even the BVA's own vets openly attacked their organisation in the Independent last week, accusing them of bringing their profession into disrepute by the BVA's pro-cull stance.

Why We Need a Minister for Food

Baroness Miller | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Miller

Successive governments have accepted an appalling growing crisis where thousands of people in the UK die an avoidable early death. The cause of that death is costing over £6billion annually in ill health before that death, thousands of children have been condemned to poor health or a lower IQ before they are even born, other people are struggling to afford enough eat enough even twice a day.